A second fire in Mendocino County has scorched vegetation at Cow Mountain near the gun range, starting Monday afternoon. Smoke had been spotted east of Ukiah near the range around 12:50 p.m.
CALFIRE Mendocino reported at 1:06 p.m. on Twitter that it was responding to the quarter-acre Range Fire with air and ground resources, and it was reported to be 10 acres at 1:26 p.m. by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, (later confirmed by CALFIRE) spreading at a moderate rate. The MCSO at 2:19 p.m. said it was 20 acres, with containment increasing. A plume of smoke could be seen from Parducci Winery in Ukiah at 3 p.m.
The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority reported four air tankers and at least two helicopters plus ground resources responded to the Range Fire, some resources diverted from the Grade Fire that broke out on Sunday afternoon at Ridgewood Grade near Redwood Valley. The UVFA had estimated the Range Fire could grow to the size of the Grade Fire, or bigger, maybe 1,000 acres, it said.
The Range Fire was still at 20 acres and 15 percent contained as of 4 p.m. on Monday.
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